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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Receive Numerous Awards and Recognition

STUDENTS SHOW DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY, COLLEGE AND FELLOW STUDENTS

SALISBURY, N.C. — At the college’s annual Student Leadership Awards banquet last month, several Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students received recognition.

“I am quite proud of these students for their dedication to the college and their fellow students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Jillian Sheppard, vice president of the Cosmetology Club, received the Outstanding Community Service Award. The Outstanding Community Service Award is given to an individual who has performed exemplary community service, made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in the community, and demonstrated an understanding of his or her responsibility to one’s community through involvement with campus clubs and activities.

“Jillian is a very dedicated student, mother and wife,” said Gaye McConnell, Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management. “As a Cosmetology student, she has given much of her time to make others not only feel good about themselves, but also to help them look their very best.”

Cedric Phifer, MISTER Program, was awarded the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must be a first-year student with less than 30 credit hours completed. The individual should be an active member of a campus club/organization and show great promise in helping to build and strengthen the club. The individual recognized has assisted the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities.

“Many students just go through the motions regarding their education. Cedric has shown true focus and concern with his personal and professional growth,” said McConnell. “His academic persistence, creativity and motivation are impressive, and he is a very dedicated member of the college’s Male Minority Mentoring Program, M.I.S.T.E.R.”

Crystal Webb, member of the college’s new W.O.W. (Women Obtaining Wisdom) club, received the Golden Leadership Award. The Golden Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the spirit of commitment, the individual must be an active member of a club/organization for more than two semesters. The student should be a second-year student with more than 30 credit hours completed. The individual recognized has assisted the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities. The individual that receives this award shows great character by helping the club make decisions that will sustain the reputation of the organization.

“Crystal has been described by her physics instructor as a communicator, a hard-worker, reliable, and knowledgeable,” said McConnell. “She goes out of her way to assist others and has earned the respect of her peers. Her passion and experience in working with diverse populations and helping to improve the quality of life for others is contagious.”

Jason Thompson, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) Chillers’ Club, was awarded the Eddie H. Myers Leadership Award.

Eddie H. Myers, past Vice-President of Student Services and Advisor to the Student Government Association played a significant role in the success of student body initiatives at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. During his time as a college administrator, he assisted in organizing student clubs on both state and local levels. This award is given in his honor to a student who demonstrates the leadership qualities of self-discipline, good citizenship, commitment to lifelong learning, and the ability to overcome adversity. The student must have

a 3.0 GPA or higher and contribute to the success of a club/organization on campus. The student must be on track to complete graduation requirements no later than the end of summer term.

“Jason Thompson is well-deserving of this prestigious leadership award,” said Diana Myers, wife of Eddie H. Myers, who presents this award annually. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to have him among our graduates this year.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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